Data reveals the Best States in the US to be a Mechanic, with Georgia placed Fifth

New research has revealed that New Mexico is the best state in the US to work as a mechanic. 

  • Oklahoma tops list of best places to work as a mechanic thanks to good salary and ample job opportunities 
  • Mississippi places second, while New Mexico is third, with the highest rate of mechanic jobs per 1,000 
  • Washington DC, Massachusetts and New York rank as some of the worst places in the US to be a mechanic 
  • Georgia was placed fifth on the list

The study by extended warranty experts FindTheBestCarPrice.com analyzed data from the US Census Bureau on industry job opportunities, average salary and cost of living in each US state to discover where is best to work as a mechanic. 

Oklahoma topped the list as mechanics can earn considerably more than the state’s average salary. The median annual salary for people working as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics is $46,180, nearly a full $10,000 more than the median across all jobs in state, which comes to $37,500. 

In addition, Oklahoma ranks as having the second lowest cost of living of all 50 states, while job opportunities for mechanics are also better than average, with 4.9 mechanic jobs per 1,000 jobs in the state. That rate ranks as the 20th best nationwide, and contributes towards the Sooner State being the best in America to work as a mechanic. 

Mississippi ranks as the second best place to be a mechanic, thanks to the lowest cost of living in the country, and a median salary of $36,760 for the job, which is slightly higher than the state-wide median of $35,070. It also offers good employments opportunities, with 5.6 of every 1,000 jobs in the state being a mechanic – high above the national average of 4.6 per 1,000. 

New Mexico places third on the list as it has the highest number of people employed as mechanics per 1,000 jobs. Overall the Census data estimates that 4,930 people work as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics in the ‘Land of Enchantment’, which equates to 6.3 jobs per 1,000. The median salary for mechanics in New Mexico stands at $37,920 - just above the overall median salary in the state ($37,810).  

Tennessee places fourth overall, performing strongly in all areas, with a median salary for mechanics of $42,000, which is 11% higher than the state’s median ($37,700), and 5.2 jobs per 1,000 – the 11th highest rate in the nation. 

Georgia completes the top five, with the median salary for mechanics standing at $43,750 – 14% more than the state’s median. The state also offers America’s sixth lowest cost of living. 

In pure monetary terms, Washington DC offers the highest pay for mechanics, with a median annual wage of $60,590, however that is nearly a quarter below the overall median in the district, which is $79,960. That combined with the second highest cost of living in the country, behind only Hawaii, and the fact that there are only 0.6 mechanic jobs per 1,000, makes DC America’s worst place to be a mechanic.  

Massachusetts sits just above DC in 50th place, with a median annual salary of $47,970 for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, which is considerably lower than the state-wide figure of $58,540. The state also has a fairly low 3.7 mechanic jobs per 1,000. 

Third from bottom, New York has 3.2 mechanic jobs per 1,000, and a median salary of $47,270 compared to $48,800 for the state as a whole. 

The Census data estimates that there are around 629,000 people working as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics across the US, with the median annual salary standing at $46,650. 

The research was carried out by FindTheBestCarPrice.com, which is made up of a team of auto industry experts who curate incentives across all car brands, and are dedicated to sharing new deals along with their top picks each month as soon as they come out. 

The best states to work as a mechanic:

Rank  

State  

Number of people working as mechanics  

Mechanic jobs per 1,000 jobs  

Annual Median Salary for Mechanics ($)  

Annual Median Salary for All Occupations  ($)  

Cost of Living Index (100 = average)  

 

Oklahoma  

7,640  

4.9  

46,180  

37,500  

86.7  

 

Mississippi  

6,150  

5.6  

36,760  

35,070  

84.5  

 

New Mexico  

4,930  

6.3  

37,920  

37,810  

93.8  

 

Tennessee  

15,650  

5.2  

42,000  

37,700  

90.3  

 

Georgia 

21,870  

5.0  

43,750  

38,340  

88.9  

 

Missouri 

15,360  

5.6  

37,500  

38,130  

90.1  

 

South Dakota  

1,970  

4.7  

46,520  

37,710  

96.1  

 

Nebraska  

4,200  

4.4  

47,380  

38,780  

91.1  

 

Utah  

7,650  

4.9  

46,640  

38,860  

102  

10  

Indiana  

12,710  

4.3  

45,650  

38,330  

90.2  

11  

Idaho 

3,930  

5.2  

41,470  

37,550  

98.9  

12  

Illinois  

29,300  

5.2  

47,400  

46,630  

91.9  

13  

Alaska 

1,680  

5.7  

60,020  

48,820  

125.5  

14  

Arizona  

15,660  

5.4  

44,950  

39,500  

108  

15  

Louisiana  

7,390  

4.1  

46,250  

37,320  

93.5  

16  

Alabama  

9,240  

4.8  

37,840  

37,250  

87.1  

17  

Pennsylvania  

29,620  

5.3  

46,490  

44,900  

98.2  

18  

West virginia 

3,870  

5.9  

30,190  

36,860  

89.8  

19  

Florida  

45,010  

5.2  

41,950  

37,920  

104.5  

20  

Texas  

49,810  

4.1  

46,680  

39,030  

92.6  

21  

Michigan 

19,460  

4.8  

46,810  

45,190  

91.7  

22  

Ohio  

24,610  

4.7  

40,390  

39,680  

89.4  

23  

Wyoming 

1,240  

4.8  

47,820  

45,890  

91.66  

24  

North Carolina  

22,450  

5.1  

39,610  

38,370  

96.9  

25  

Montana  

2,030  

4.3  

47,120  

38,050  

105.3  

26  

Wisconsin  

13,240  

4.8  

45,700  

45,000  

93.9  

27  

South Carolina  

10,280  

5.0  

37,580  

37,250  

96.3  

28  

Iowa  

6,720  

4.5  

38,550  

39,070  

88.2  

29  

Kentucky  

8,730  

4.7  

36,870  

37,660  

92.8  

30  

Minnesota  

12,930  

4.7  

47,560  

47,590  

95.1  

31  

Nevada  

4,940  

3.8  

47,120  

37,900  

101.9  

32  

North Dakota  

1,870  

4.7  

47,400  

46,960  

97.4  

33  

Rhode Island  

2,510  

5.5  

47,650  

47,780  

111.2  

34  

New Hampshire  

3,490  

5.5  

47,790  

46,960  

114.7  

35  

Kansas  

5,560  

4.2  

37,820  

38,050  

87.3  

36  

Virginia  

18,590  

5.0  

47,120  

47,200  

102.1  

37  

Vermont  

1,580  

5.6  

46,650  

46,910  

116.4  

38  

Arkansas  

4,320  

3.6  

39,680  

36,680  

90.7  

39  

Maine 

2,800  

4.7  

46,100  

42,950  

114.5  

40  

Colorado  

12,250  

4.7  

48,040  

47,940  

105.2  

41  

Connecticut 

7,670  

4.9  

47,450  

48,720  

115.4  

42  

Delaware  

1,790  

4.1  

47,940  

46,700  

105.4  

43  

Maryland  

11,470  

4.5  

47,930  

48,460  

124.1  

44  

New Jersey  

14,760  

3.8  

47,940  

48,200  

114  

45  

Oregon  

6,400  

3.5  

47,860  

46,910  

122.2  

46  

California  

60,910  

3.7  

50,740  

47,920  

138.7  

47  

Washington 

10,590  

3.3  

48,370  

50,450  

114  

48  

Massachusetts 

2,650  

4.8  

48,320  

47,700  

186  

49  

New York 

27,320  

3.2  

47,270  

48,800  

135.7  

50  

Connecticut 

12,610  

3.7  

47,970  

58,540  

149.9  

51  

Washington D.C 

410  

0.6  

60,590  

79,960  

153.4 

All data sourced from US Census Bureau 

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